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December 28, 2013 9:39 AM

Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #184

Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist's Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person "must see".

Check out these six links that we're recommending to one another:

  • High Frequency Dating - Mostly Harmless. "Rob Rhinehart wonders just how much of the act of dating can be handed over to machines. Not politically correct, and maybe a bit NSFW, but definitely good satire. Besides, it's the holidays, and you shouldn't be working anyway." (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Solitude And Leadership - The American Scholar. "Leaders do strange things. They get up early. They spend a lot of time thinking, and are very deliberate in their decisions. This piece by William Deresiewicz, delivered at West Point in 2009, underscores the importance of solitude and contemplation. As the holiday season descends upon us, many of us will disconnect from our daily flood of data and interruption. Maybe this is a reason not to reconnect quite as much after the holidays." (Alistair for Mitch).
  • The 13 Best Books of 2013: The Definitive Annual Reading List of Overall Favorites - Brain Pickings. "Maria Popova picks her best books of the year." (Hugh for Alistair).
  • Our Thirteen Most-Read Blog Posts Of 2013 - The New Yorker. "A lazy week of links. The New Yorker's 13 most read blog posts of 2013." (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How The Sex Pistols Saved Christmas - Dangerous Minds. "Is there anything I could possible say that might get you to click on this piece more than that title? If it were mere linkbait, it might be an act of frustration. It isn't. Just a little piece of a fantastic story that most people don't know about a band that had a crazed reputation. See, even the most metal of metal bands or the most punk of punk bands have a warm heart beneath the tattered t-shirts, piercings, leather, addictions and spit." (Mitch for Alistair).
  • Li Hongbo Explains His Flexible Paper Sculptures - Colossal. "Well, if we do stop using paper to print books, magazines and newspapers, I think Li Hongbo has an idea of a magical way to rethink what paper is and what it is used for. This is one of those pieces that will have you marveling not just at one individual's creativity, but that these stories may not have nay sense of longevity were it not for the Internet." (Mitch for Hugh).

Now it's your turn: in the comment section below pick one thing that you saw this week that inspired you and share it.

By Mitch Joel